Pronunciation: (ē'lu-tiv, el'u-), [key] Gram.
noting a case, as in Finnish, whose function is to indicate motion out of or away from.
1. an elative case.
2. an adjectival form, as in Arabic, denoting intensity or superiority, approximately equivalent to the comparative and superlative of other languages.
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